Tanay Chheda

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Tanay Hemant Chheda
Born Tanay Hemant Chheda
(1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 18)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Poet, Author
Years active 2006–present

Tanay Hemant Chheda (Marathi: तनय हेमंत छेडा; born 27 June 1996) is an Indian child actor. He is best known for his performances in the critically acclaimed films Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) (2007) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008), with the latter earning him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008.

Early life and background[edit]

Tanay was born in Mumbai, India. He currently lives in Mumbai. He used to study in Campion School, but changed to Dhirubhai Ambani International School; both in Mumbai. He attended the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA. He is currently a freshman at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Film career[edit]

He was first seen in the movie, Don, in 2006. He also has the critically acclaimed Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) in 2007 to his name and the award-sweeping Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. In Don, he played the role of Deepu, the son of Jasjit (played by Arjun Rampal) . In Taare Zameen Par, he played the role of a handicapped child who is an extremely helpful and supportive friend to the protagonist Ishaan (played by Darsheel Safary). In Slumdog Millionaire, Chheda played the role of Jamal Malik, in adolescence, for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008. He has most recently portrayed the young Rizwan Khan, an autistic child, in Shahrukh Khan's film, My Name Is Khan. He was nominated for the best child actor in Star Screen Awards for 'My Name Is Khan'. He was last seen in a German film Hexe Lilli- Journey to Mandolan which released on 13 February 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Film/Television Role Other notes
2006 Don - The Chase Begins Again Film Deepu The son of Jasjit
2007 Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) Film Rajan Damodaran A handicapped child who is a friend and classmate of the protagonist Ishaan
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Film Teenage Jamal Malik Played the role of Jamal Malik, in adolescence
2010 My Name Is Khan Film Young Rizwan Khan Played the role of Rizwan in childhood – nominated for 17th Star Screen Awards as Best Child Artiste
2011 Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan Film Musa Lilly's accomplice

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